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David Halberstam

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David Halberstam was the author of a number of books, including The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, Summer of '49, Playing for Keeps, and War in a Time of Peace. He died in April of 2007.

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American Patriots
The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm
Written by Gail Lumet Buckley
Foreword by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $17.00

A dramatic and moving tribute to the military’s unsung heroes, American Patriots tells the story of the black servicemen and women who defended American ideals on the battlefield, even as they faced racism in the ranks and segregation on the home front. Through hundreds of original interviews with veterans of every... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Amateurs
The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal
Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 7, 1996
Price: $15.00

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The Best and the Brightest

Written by David Halberstam


Format: eBook, 720 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $13.99

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Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.

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The Best and the Brightest

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $18.00

Republished on its 20th anniversary–with a special introduction that examines the Vietnam experience in light of subsequent events–The Best and the Brightest stands as the definitive source on the origins of America’s involvement in Vietnam. This critically-acclaimed work masterfully captures an era as it gives us unforgettable portraits of the well-intentioned... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Children

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $18.95

A New York Times notable book The Children is David Halberstam's brilliant and moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement, as seen through the story of the young people--the Children--who met in the 1960s and went on to lead the revolution.  Magisterial in scope, with a strong you-are-there... Read more >

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The Fifties

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $17.95

The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who... Read more >

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October 1964

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 11, 1995
Price: $17.00

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Playing for Keeps
Michael Jordan and the World He Made
Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: February 1, 2000
Price: $16.95

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